Сollection of orthodox icons
This Highly Important and Extremely Rare Russian Iconostasis consists of 28 Masterpieces circa 1890. The iconostasis (image stand – Greek) is the large framework inset with icons forming a solid screen or wall between the congregation and the altar in Russian churches.
The 14 major feast day icons include: The Presentation of the Mother of God in the Temple; The Annunciation; The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ; The Meeting of the Lord; The Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ; The Transfiguration of the Lord; The Entry Into Jerusalem, The Resurrection of Christ; The Ascension of the Lord; The Descent of the Holy Spirit; The Dormition of the Mother of God; Beheading of Saint John the Baptist; The Fiery Ascension of the Prophet Elija; The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
The collection also includes 14 icons of: Christ enthroned, the Mother of God, John the Forerunner and Apostles Peter, Paul, John, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Luke, Matthew, Mark, James (brother of John) and Simon.
The Spectacular icons are Palekh School and each icon in the collection is masterfully painted by the same hand, executed in the traditional Old Style.
The Palekh school of icon painting arose at the end of the 17th century. The Palekh Icon was distinguished by a complex composition and multiple figure painted in superb quality and fine detail. The characteristic features of this school were a common golden tone and a bright personal style, which created an impression of inner light. Variations of landscape elements and architectural decorations, as well as fine linearity, point to the proximity of the Palekh school. Icons with compositions made on a golden chased background were especially popular. Icons in Palekh were painted until 1917, then the icon-painting traditions were interrupted for a long time.
The icons are executed in very high quality, and in fine state of preservation, and executed on a gold leaf ground and with gilt title inscriptions along the upper margin.